Nadine Boulay is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Originally from Manitoba, Nadine graduated with her Bachelor of Arts (Honours), with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Religion from the University of Manitoba in 2011. During her undergraduate degree Nadine became interested in studying sexuality, gay and lesbian history, and feminist social activism- an interest she explored further for her undergraduate thesis. She recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies at Simon Fraser University. Her SSHRC-funded these research explored the value of intergenerational conversation between queer women in their 20s, and lesbian women involved in feminist community building and political activism in the Lower Mainland in the 1970s and 80s. Since 2013, she has worked as a research assistant for the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony, an online digital archive housed at Simon Fraser University. Her writing has been published in Australian Feminist Studies and Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (forthcoming) and worked as a co-editor for the Feminist and Queer Review at the University of Manitoba. She has presented research on LGBT Subjectivities in the academy (Winnipeg, 2011), gay and lesbian asylum seekers in Canada (Victoria, 2012), the importance of role models for queer youth (Victoria, 2012), and the necessity of anti-racist allyship in queer communities (Vancouver, 2014). She recently spoke on a roundtable discussing queer and lesbian archives and archival affect at the National Women’s Studies Association meeting in Puerto Rico in November 2014.
Nadine’s PhD research will explore the history of lesbian-feminism in the Lower Mainland in the 1970s and 80s, with a particular focus on rural and island experiences, intentional women’s communities, and the ‘back to the land’ movement. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada CGS Doctoral Scholarship. She is very excited to be continuing her work with Dr. Elise Chenier, Associate Professor in History at SFU, Director of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony, and scholar of oral history and the history of sexuality. In her community work, Nadine is involved with co-coordinating an intergenerational queer meeting group, and performing in the popular East Van queer drag show, Man Up. She is passionate about queer history, intergenerational activism, memory, embodiment and affect theories, and feminist scholarly and community engagement.